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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Oct 15, 2011 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Englishtown NFA in a class by itself?

Glad you got to listen to them side by side. In a nutshell, yes, maybe the main reason for my preference is that the whole band just gels in the Englishtown version. Nonetheless, that is one of my favorite Jerry solos...period. I have had it going through my head all day, note by note. Perhaps I just have a hard time separating a Jerry solo from what else is going on. For instance, one of all-time favorite solos is the one to finish Comes a Time from 5/9/77. But a big reason for my love of this solo is Keith's contribution. If the same solo were a year later and Keith was nodding off OR years earlier/later and Pigpen or Brent were simply playing some generic chords in the background, that solo wouldn't be on my list. As much as I think Jerry was a fantastic musician, incredibly talented at improvising, and my favorite guitarist, there is a reason why 95 percent of the music I listen to is GD and not bands with Clapton, Hendrix, or Duane Allman (all of whom were arguably more talented soloists): Keith, Bobby, Bill, Phil, Pigpen, Tom, Mickey, Brent, etc.

Thanks for the conversation. I learned a lot about my own reasons for loving the music through this.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 15, 2011 9:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Englishtown NFA in a class by itself?

I have a small bone to pick. The ABB could jam collectively quite well. All the band members really pushed each other at times, much like the GD. They didn't just rely on Duane.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, well, pretty clear Hendrix was always lead and center. Same can be said about most of Clapton's work.

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Oct 15, 2011 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Englishtown NFA in a class by itself?

Point taken. After writing that, I though more about it and realized that when Clapton was playing with the Derek and the Dominoes lineup, Cream, or Blind Faith (IOW surrounded by other great musicians), he was at his best . As for Hendrix, I consider Mitch Mitchell to be one of the greatest R&R drummers ever and Hendrix was not the same without him. ABB statement is obviously true.

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